A new policy of the Trump Administration led to Jimmy Aldaoud, a diabetic living in Michigan, being suddenly deported to Iraq on June 2. He had very little insulin, no money and no knowledge of Arabic. He was found dead in a Baghdad apartment on Aug. 6 after days of vomiting blood and begging to return to the United States.
Here are two Georgians who have no problem with this happening.
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to Sen. Johnny Isakson Sen. David Perdue
They remain avid fans of Donald Trump and strongly support his re-election.
(Based on excerpts from the New York Times article August 31, 2019)
Jimmy Aldaoud, whose parents were Iraqi, was born in a refugee camp in Greece, entered the United States legally in 1979 when he was 6 months old and grew up in the Detroit area.
After being arrested on a larceny charge, he was deported to Iraq on June 2 with very little insulin, no money and no knowledge of Arabic. His relatives did not know he had been deported until he called them from Iraq.
Aldaoud was not even a Muslim. He was a Chaldean Christian, one of the oldest Christian denominations in the Middle East.
Aldaoud was found dead in a Baghdad apartment on Aug. 6 after days of vomiting blood and begging to return to the United States. He died of a “diabetic crisis,” according to Representative Andy Levin, a Democrat who represents the Michigan district where Aldaoud used to live.
His sisters issued a statement: “Jimmy was a sweet person with a good heart. We hope Jimmy’s story opens people’s eyes and hearts to understanding that we should not be deporting people to their death overseas.”
The Trump administration months ago adopted a policy of deporting Iraqi nationals. In April, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched a mass removal of Iraqi nationals,
Michigan Democratic Rep. Andy Levin, whose district has the largest Iraqi-born community of any congressional district in the country, has fought for fairer treatment of his targeted constituents. He and a Michigan Republican colleague have introduced a bipartisan bill to stop the fast-track deportations and allow more procedural review. Levin secured the signature of 20 lawmakers on a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and ICE requesting a halt to the deportations.
Where do Georgia Republicans stand on yet another brazen act of inhumanity by the Trump Administration? Exactly where they have stood on all the other Trump affronts to common human decency: they do not give a damn.
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